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 Apple Music, Tidal, and until recently, Spotify, failed at music discovery because they stuck to a blog-style format. But Spotify has cracked the code with a Facebook News Feed-style personalized, frequently updated playlist called Discover Weekly. Spotify now says the playlists have seen 40 million unique users since launching last July, and 5 billion tracks streamed. That’s remarkable… Read More

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 Demisto, a company founded by four security industry pros, emerged from stealth today with a pretty cool bot-driven security platform and $6 million in Series A. The round was led by Accel with participation from Cylance CEO Stuart McClure, Lookout CTO Kevin Mahaffey and Bluecoat President Mike Fey, all security industry veterans. What makes all of these companies so interested in Demisto is… Read More

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 Just months after finally shipping its product to consumers, smart wireless routing system eero has pulled in a new $50 million in Series B growth funding from Menlo Ventures, as the first investment from the Menlo Opportunity Fund. Existing investors First Round Capital, Shasta Ventures, Red Point Ventures, and Playground Global also added to this round. eero is not disclosing specific terms… Read More

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 To grow their peer-to-peer marketplace for construction equipment, Columbia, Missouri-based EquipmentShare has raised $5.5 million in a venture funding round led by Romulus Capital. Earlier, the “Airbnb for construction,” raised $2.1 million in seed funding, and participated in the Y Combinator accelerator. EquipmentShare’s cofounders, brothers William and Jabbok Schlacks,… Read More

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 Dashlane, the New York startup that provides a platform for users to manage their passwords and online identity, has raised $22.5 million in funding and picked up a key strategic investor and partner in the process. TransUnion, a credit monitoring and ID protection company, led the Series C round and will use the deal to develop services with Dashlane for each others customers. Others in… Read More

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 After months of rumours, TransferWise, the London headquartered money transfer startup and fintech darling, has confirmed that it has raised a further round of funding. Described as ‘top-up funding’, the $26 million round was led by investment management firm Baillie Gifford, with participation from existing investors. TechCrunch understands this values TransferWise at $1.1… Read More

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 ShoCard and SITA, the IT company for the air transport industry, have been working together on an interesting project. They’ve been looking at ways to store your ID details on the blockchain to manage traveler identification. More generally, ShoCard has been working on a seamless service that lets you store your identity onto the bitcoin blockchain. This way, anyone can retrieve and… Read More

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 Deliverd, the U.K. startup that sends you restaurant-prepared dishes that you reheat at home or work, is launching a new service today that will enable it to expand to most of the country. Read More

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 Following last week’s news of Microsoft selling off its feature phone business for $350 million, today Microsoft turned its attention to smartphones: the company announced it would lay off 1,850 staff and take a charge of $950 million, including $200 million in severance payments, as it “streamlines” the business to focus on enterprises and niche areas where it feels it… Read More

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 The UK government has agreed to an independent review of so called “bulk collection” — aka mass surveillance — powers in proposed new surveillance legislation, one of the most controversial elements of the Investigatory Powers bill which is currently before parliament. It’s aiming to get the bill onto the statute books before the end of this year. Read More

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It was a balmy night in Rio de Janeiro and a pretty J.P. Morgan Private Wealth representative was buying drinks for newly paper-rich entrepreneurs. Nearby at the pool mingled investors who had flown in from New York, San Francisco, London and Berlin. The next morning, entrepreneurs presented their well-funded ideas to the participants of Founders Forum Brazil 2012. Few of those companies… Read More

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 Samsung Electronics said today that it will partner with SK Telecom to build a LoRaWAN network for the Internet of Things that will cover all of South Korea. The two companies claim that this the world’s first nationwide IoT network. Read More

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 Browser maker Opera’s proposed $1.2 billion acquisition by a consortium of Chinese companies just took a major step towards completion after its shareholders voted in favor of the deal. Read More

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 UberEATS, the ride-hailing app’s food delivery service, launched today in its first Asian market. Singaporeans can now download the standalone app, and order food from about 100 restaurants. Read More

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Twitter is changing its 140-character limit, VW is investing $300 million into Uber Rival Gett, King Bach launches app Bachify, Twilio launches a sim based service and Toyota makes a strategic investment in Uber. Read More

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 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

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 AR/VR is the new hotness. VCs invested $1.7 billion in the 12 months leading to March 2016, $1.2 billion of that in the first quarter of this year alone. There are four AR/VR unicorns already (Magic Leap, Oculus, Blippar, MindMaze). Big numbers, very exciting. But as DFJ Partner Bubba Murarka says, “not all VCs have taken the red pill yet.” Read More

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 India has successfully completed their first small step toward joining the other players in the market of reusable spacecraft. On Monday, the Indian Space Research Organization (India’s version of NASA) launched a 22-foot winged spacecraft to an altitude of 65 kilometers (about 40 miles) and navigated the vehicle back down into the Bay of Bengal, east of India. The entire mission… Read More

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 E Ink, maker of the ePaper displays found in many e-readers (maddening to have three different e prefixes in one sentence, but it’s unavoidable), announced a brand new type of reflective display that can show a huge range of colors — but the tech is only going to be deployed as signage for now. Read More

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 On Dynamic Signal’s early pivot and lessons learned from 25 rounds of venture funding. Read More

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 Apple is preparing an SDK that would allow developers much greater access to Siri — and the improved assistant will power a stationary hub device like Amazon’s Echo. A report from The Information tallies with what we’ve heard over the last few weeks; expect an announcement, if not the device itself, at WWDC in June. Read More

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 Chilling news regarding climate change continues to arrive on a regular basis, even as Antarctica warms dangerously and further troubling global symptoms emerge. It’s a shame global governments seem unable to mobilize to the degree necessary to keep Antarctica safely frigid and other climate-change-related catastrophes at bay. It’s also a shame those same governments don’t… Read More

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 Every successful new application built today will be an intelligent application. Read More

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 Rideshare wars just got even more interesting. Uber has confirmed a strategic investment and auto leasing deal from Toyota. “Toyota is a global leader in the automotive industry and Toyota vehicles are among the most popular cars on the Uber platform worldwide,” Uber said in a statement to TechCrunch. “We are proud to partner with Toyota in a variety of ways, including the… Read More

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 ChargePoint announced this month that it had raised $50 million in its latest round of funding, thanks in large part to Linse Capital. That makes a total of $164 million raised from investors like BMW iVentures and Siemens, among others. ChargePoint already has the largest EV charging network in North America, with 28,000 stations installed since 2007. According to the U.S. Department of… Read More

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